A backyard breeder in St. Catharine’s Ontario has been charged with cruelty after animals in distress were discovered and removed by officers of the Lincoln County Humane Society.
Karena Walter reported on the story for the Welland Tribune:
Three chickens were rescued but two rabbits had to be euthanized in a case that’s resulted in animal cruelty charges against a St. Catharines man.
The Lincoln County Humane Society said Sunday it began an investigation on Jan. 24 after a concerned citizen saw the animals in a city backyard hutch and coop and called the agency.
The humane society said officers found the animals in distress and removed them from the owner.
Executive director Kevin Strooband said the two rabbits had to be euthanized but the three chickens were sent to a sanctuary where he received word they were doing well Sunday.
The case of chickens in distress was an unusual one for the agency but serves as a reminder to owners of all types of animals, Strooband said. “All animals need to be properly provided for at all times.”
Four Ontario SPCA Act charges were laid against a 25-year-old St. Catharines man this week.
His name has not been released by the local humane society, citing Ontario SPCA policy.
The man was charged with failing to provide adequate and appropriate protection from the elements, including harmful temperatures, and permitting animals to be in distress.
He was also charged with failing to provide an adequate and appropriate resting and sleeping area for all five animals.
A further charge of failing to provide adequate and appropriate medical attention was laid in relation to a rabbit.
St. Catharines is located about 100 kilometers south of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.